Comeback Kid are no strangers to playing Slam Dunk Festival, and this year the Canadian band are making their way back to our shores for another round. To say we’re excited for them to *eherm* come back would be an understatement, so we had a chat with Andrew Neufeld to see if he’s as pumped as we are/ what he’s looking forward to the most at this year’s festival. Check out our full interview below.
MOSH: From playing Slam Dunk in the past, what has been your favourite part?
AN: Usually my favourite part is running into my bratty English friends or running into bands that we don’t get to see very often. I mean, playing is always the best part of my day. Especially Slam Dunk isn’t too blistering hot so I remember a cool (literally ) vibe on stage and the crowd was riled up!
MOSH: Do you think it will now be easier to handle the festival as you’ve played before and know the ins and outs?
AN:I guess so? But who knows maybe the festival planners made a different site layout so we’d have to find our way all over again. Really the festival is pretty straight up we got this.
MOSH: Is there a difference to you between playing a day festival like Slam Dunk vs. a weekender?
AN:Yeah I like that it is in the city most of the time and not in the middle of nowhere. I like having some of those amenities around. I like the variety of sometimes indoor, sometimes outdoor (which we had a couple years ago ).
MOSH: What are some noticeable differences between UK festivals and those you’ve played elsewhere?
AN: Most notable? It’s the absolute most pop punk festival we have ever played. I swear a quarter of the crowd is wearing “DEFEND pop punk” t shirts.
MOSH: How do you go about switching up your set list for festivals?
AN: We rarely try to play to a crowd. We usually try to do a “best of” type thing and add some new songs in the mix. Maybe a couple more melodic ones for lighter shows or heavier ones for metal leaning gigs. It’s always about keeping the bangers in the front / middle / and peak at the end and always try to keep things fresh for ourselves and the crowd so we are mixing it up all the time. If a transition is feeling weird we will revise it for the next show and keep on doing that until it feels right.
MOSH: Do you have any new tracks/ particular songs you are excited about playing live?
AN: Yes! I love playing the new songs Surrender Control, Absolute, and Somewhere, Somehow that’s amping me up fo sho.
MOSH: This year’s line-up is amazing – who are you most excited to be playing alongside/ hoping to catch?
AN: I can’t wait to see Jimmy Eat World a couple times!
MOSH: Using only the bands on the line-up this year, can you create you dream tour?
AN:Okay I’m gonna keep it on the heavier side of Slam Dunk since it would probably be weird for us to tour w. Jimmy Eat World. So I’ll go: Frank Carter / ETID / Four Year Strong/ and Counterparts. We’ve already toured with most these bands but that would be fun wouldn’t it?
MOSH: What are some of your best tips to surviving a festival?
AN: Have some bevies, have a good time but don’t get that sun stroke and burn out by 6 pm. You gotta pace yourself when you’re starting early. Don’t be the last punisher at the festival grounds spitting in people’s ears at the end of the night.
MOSH: What exciting things have you got lined up for the rest of the year?
AN: We are self-releasing a 7-inch in May for a new song and a cover of “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil. Both songs turned out great and Nuclear Blast will be dropping them online in a few weeks here.
And as far as touring, we’re heading to Australia right before Slam Dunk, Summer festivals around US, Canada, and Europe. Trying to get to S. America again end of the year. It’s all going down!